A Mysterious Assassin Closes In On Charlie And Vita In Crowded #10

by Brendan M. Allen

With Vegas in their rearview and a complicated new kink in their client-bodyguard relationship, Charlie and Vita try to enjoy each other’s company and a moment of quiet as they head east looking for shelter. But the danger is far from over as the assassin Circe’s infatuation with Vita turns angry.

After a month long hiatus, Crowded is back! Crowded #10 is a little bit of a departure from the formula that has brought us to this point. You had to know it was coming, though, and here it is. The sex issue. Charlie and Vita have apparently worked through their issues, in the most natural way possible. Something tells me that won’t last though, because Charlie is gonna Charlie. 

For the time being anyway, these two are taking every opportunity they possibly can to get busy, completely unaware that Circe is in close pursuit.

Christopher Sebela uses chapter ten to give a little more background on Vita, and to show us just how bizarre and determined the mystery assassin Circe is.  True to form, Charlie is keeping her cards close to her chest. The relationship with Vita is cute, but it also seems like Charlie’s using physical prowess to distract Vita any time she asks the tough questions. It’s convenient for Charlie, but it just might get them both killed.

The art team gets to flex different muscles in this installment. Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, and Triona Farrell get to leave the guns and explosions in the background for a minute and show some very tender, human moments between our protagonists. The unique visual signature of Crowded is very much present, but continues to evolve with the twists and turns in the script.

Crowded #10 seems like it takes a turn, but it really isn’t very far off what we’ve already seen. There’s a lot to unpack this month, in a deceptively slick and sexy package.

Crowded #10, Image Comics, 20 November 2019. Written by Christopher Sebela, line art by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, color by Triona Farrell, letters by Cardinal Rae, logo by Dylan Todd, edited by Juliette Capra, flatting by Katie O’Meara and Holley McKend, variant cover by Lisa Sterle.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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